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Patricia Root
President
Patricia Root RN, CGRN
I am the Associate Manager of my Endoscopy Unit at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. I have been in Endoscopy for over 23 years, Certified for over 10 years, and a MSGNA member for over 15 years. This year my endoscopy unit received the ASGE Unit of Recognition, which we are very proud of. I have 2 beautiful daughters and love to travel on my time off.
Topics: Strategic Plan

Jenneva Kremke
President-Elect
Jenneva Kremke BS, RN
I have been a nurse for 35 years with the last 23 being in Endoscopy. The last few years I have been the educator for our department & am an ACLS instructor. I have been a member of SGNA since 1995 & have attended most MSGNA conferences since that time along with 5 national conferences & 2 leadership conferences. I have served on the MSGNA board as Director of Policy & Procedures, President Elect, President, & Past President. Recently, I was appointed to be a Regional Societies Coordinator for SGNA. On a personal note, my husband Marty & I have 6 adult children & 3 grandkids. We enjoy golf, traveling, gardening, movies, & spoiling our dog Angus. I have truly enjoyed being on the MSGNA board of directors. It has the opportunity to learn & expand leadership skills, make new friends on the board, and network with others in the gastroenterology field.
Topics: Poster Contest Information, MSGNA Scholarships

Katherine  Smith
Past-President
Katherine Smith BS, BSN, RN, CGRN
President is responsible for running MSGNA to meet membership and professional needs while being fiscally responsible. The President leads the board of directors in decision making, elections, policy & procedure making/adherence and conference planning.
Topics: Nominations

Mary Pierce
Treasurer
Mary Pierce ADN, CGRN
Hello, I'm Mary Pierce your MSGNA Treasurer. This is my second year on the board and as Treasurer. I live in Grand Rapids and am a staff and Lead nurse in a free standing ASC (Grand River Endoscopy Center) specializing in GI only. We work ten hour shifts at my clinic so it gives me one day a week to attempt to pull my life together! Sometimes this works and sometimes....well you know what I mean since you all are right there with me. I became Certified in 2013 and count that in my personal and professional goals. Sewing keeps my creative juices flowing and anyone that knows me, knows how much I like to plan parties. Rule number one; always have a theme. MSGNA and your Board's 'theme' is to help you develop &/or expand your GI knowledge. I am loving being part of this organization.
Topics: Financial Reports

Amy Krug
Secretary
Amy Krug RN, BSN, CGRN
I became a member of SGNA/MSGNA in 2002 and successfully passed the ABCGN certification exam that year as well. Since 2002 I have promoted MSGNA in many ways. Since becoming certified in 2002 I have been successful in promoting and encouraging 50% of my staff to become certified in GI nursing. I have attended multiple MSGNA conferences over the years and chaired the MSGNA conference in both 2006 and 2015 that were held in Traverse City. I have represented and promoted MSGNA at the national level after an educational poster presentation that I had developed was chosen to be displayed at the SGNA Annual Course in Baltimore, 2007. The fall MSGNA conference in 2011 offered me the opportunity to speak on the topic of GI certification. I am excited to further support MSGNA and Michigan endoscopy nurses by serving as your Secretary if chosen in the upcoming election.
Topics: Business Minutes

Rebecca Blood
Board of Directors - Policies and Procedures
Rebecca Blood
I have been an Endoscopy RN for three years at an ASC after completing my AND through Muskegon Community College and my BSN with Spring Arbor University. Nursing is a second career for me. I previously worked in human resources administrating employee benefits. This position is a way to connect my administrative skills to my nursing skills.
Topics: Copy of Policy and Procedures, Copy of By-Laws, COMON Information

Wendy Stanley
Board of Directors - Membership
Wendy Stanley ADN, RN, CGRN
I have been a nurse for over 40 years with over 20 of them in GI. I have been certified all but 2 years I believe. As membership director, I hope to inspire more members to join and get ideas from others on what we can do to get more nurses certified. I think the young ones need to realize the power we have to make changes for the better.
Topics: Membership Pin, Welcome Information, MSGNA Member Incentives

Ruth Dobberfuhl
Vendor Coordinator
Ruth Dobberfuhl BSN
I am the Vendor Coordinator for MSGNA. I work with and arrange vendor support for our two conferences held annually. Professionally, I have been a nurse for 39 years with the Detroit Medical Center. I had worked on a variety of units from med/surg to cardiology to oncology until I found the endoscopy department. Endoscopy has been my home for the past 15 years and I have been a member of the MSGNA for about 10 years. I function as an intra op circulating nurse for the standard GI procedures, bronchoscopy, TEE, EBUS and super D.
Topics: Vendor Information

Sheri King
Newsletter Editor & Website
Sheri King BSN, RN, CGRN
I have been a GI nurse for 25 years. I started brand new and am now the manager of the Endoscopy Department at a Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. My experience has been significant and varied. After I was in the Endoscopy Suite for about a year, I became a preceptor for new staff and a mentor to current staff. I was known as the troubleshooter. In 2001, I finally felt confident in my knowledge to take the certification examination and I very proudly passed. My role today is that of continuing education for my staff. I have helped develop core teams for each specialty procedure we provide. That team has a leader and together we developed competency tools and education plans. This empowers my team to learn more and then strive to be mentors to each other. I have been involved with my local MSGNA regional almost since day one and attend all offered educational courses. My team and I have planned several courses. I have attended several SGNA Annual Courses to keep my education at the forefront. For the past four years I served on the ABCGN GI Certification Audit Committee and I have greatly enjoyed that experience. In May 2015 when I attended the Item Writer’s session, I was amazed at the entire process and would like the opportunity to learn more and do more for our organization and gastroenterology nurses. I currently serve on the ABCGN Item Writers Panel.
Topics: Newsletter, Website

Diane Thompson
Program Chairperson
Diane Thompson BA, LPN, CGN
I have been member of SGNA for 24 years, MSGNA Program Chair for 7 years, and was appointed to SGNA Program Committee serving for 3 years. I work in a hospital and ASC setting and assist with providing educational information for the endoscopy department.
Topics: Upcoming Educational Events, CBGNA Information

Nancy Denton
Program Chair Assistant
Nancy Denton BSN CGRN
As a new member of the board I a learning a lot about the hard working volunteers on our board. I am looking forward to contributing to this great organization. As the new program assistant I am being mentored by Diane Thompson and Ruth McClure whom have given a great deal of time to coordinating so many great conferences in the past.

Now a little about my GI life, I work in the busy community hospital of Beaumont Health-Troy, in the endoscopy department. We perform about 1000 procedures a month of all kinds. We have a very active pulmonary caseload as well as GI and colorectal surgery practices. I work as a staff nurse in all aspects of the department and function as an informal educators and I am the unit infection champion. I have served as an SGNA Evidence based practice Fellow since its inaugural class. It has brought me into many activities within the SGNA Organization. I will be presenting my 3rd poster at Annual course this year and have presented in concurrent session 3 different times. I currently sit on the SGNA research committee. If you have an interest in any of these activities to support our great organization don't hesitant to send me an email or stop me at a conference.
Topics: Educational Events